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Olympus Introduces the new IPLEX LX and Iplex Lt Industrial VideoscopesOlympus Scientific Solutions Americas (OSSA)241, Waltham, MA, USA
Olympus is pleased to announce the introduction of the new IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes. These new small and lightweight videoscopes, which are used for a wide range of remote visual inspections of parts or structures where access is limited, offer portability, ease of use, durability, and a host of practical features.
The IPLEX LX and LT are the most compact and lightweight of the IPLEX systems. They are one-third the size and approximately half the weight (2.7 kg, including battery) of the IPLEX FX, the most recent Olympus videoscope introduced. The reason for this small size is that the LCD monitor is built into a main operating unit that is just 64 mm width (2.5 in.) excluding the handle. The LCD monitor uses a large 6.5-inch screen with low ambient reflection, permitting accurate inspection even outdoors in direct sunlight. The size and weight makes the new IPLEX units ideal for applications where operator access is limited, such as inside boiler rooms, airplane fuselages, or wind turbine gear boxes.
The IPLEX LX and LT can be operated by users of any experience level. Almost every menu and feature can be accessed by a maximum of three presses of the quick-access buttons on the ergonomic lightweight handset with power-assist TrueFeel scope articulation control. The display features an intuitive icon-based menu that makes it easy for the operator to quickly select the right menu option.
Although small in size, the IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT do not compromise performance or functionality. They provide excellent color reproduction and superb clarity on the industry-leading 6.5 in. daylight-view monitor that allows detection of very small defects. The IPLEX LX also features the unique WiDER (Wide Dynamic Extended Range) image processing capability that brings out detail in shadowed and highlighted areas to produce bright, contrast-balanced images across the entire depth of field. For optimum magnification, the new units offer a comprehensive range of interchangeable optical tip adapters. The integrated LED system fitted within the optical tip adapter delivers vivid illumination regardless of scope length and eliminates the need for a fiber light guide. In addition, the unique SmartTip feature permits recording of adapter information along with captured images for inspection traceability, ease of set up, and confirmation of tip security.
The IPLEX LX and LT also offer far more than just on-site inspection. From image archiving to defect measurement and image management on a PC, post-inspection tasks are made easier. They feature high-quality JPEG still images and MPEG-4 movies that record directly to a removable USB flash drive. Saving or retrieving images requires a single button press while the thumbnail view allows instant review of inspection results. The free of charge IPLEX Viewer-Plus software features image data management and precise measurement (or re-measurement) of objects in recorded images. The IPLEX LX will soon offer the advanced Olympus-pioneered Stereo Measurement technology that enables high-resolution image capture with two parallax lenses, permitting accurate measurement of almost any object from any angle.
With the introduction of the IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes, Olympus is setting a new standard in Remote Visual Inspections (RVI). It is the combination of superb ease of use with outstanding functionality that makes these small and lightweight units a valuable asset for inspectors who need a videoscope that is both affordable and practical.
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